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Research by Duke Law's Ben Grunwald et al. finds empirical evidence of racial bias in social media postings by police agencies

Law enforcement agencies on Facebook disproportionately post about crimes involving Black suspects, according to a research article co-authored by Professor of Law Ben Grunwald. As a result, Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates.

Grunwald and co-authors Julian Nyarko of Stanford Law School and John Rappaport of the University of Chicago examined the posts of 14,000 Facebook pages maintained by police agencies over a decade, finding significant overreporting of Black suspects relative to local arrest rates. Their findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlight how law enforcement agencies may shape the public’s views about who commits crime by disproportionately depicting members of certain groups as perpetrators. Read the paper here. Contact information for Ben Grunwald can be found here.

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Judge J. Michelle Childs

Judge J. Michelle Childs MJS '16 speaks at 2022 Convocation

Judge J. Michelle Childs, a member of the Master of Judicial Studies class of 2016, addressed the Duke Law class of 2022 at Convocation May 7th. A judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Childs was one of three judges considered this spring to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is awaiting confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Deciphering the Arguments in NYSRPA v. Bruen

At this Nov. 11 event, Joseph Blocher and Jake Charles of Duke Law's Center for Firearms Law host a discussion with Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. The conversation focuses on takeaways from the Nov. 3 Supreme Court oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the first major Second Amendment case the Court will decide in a decade.

Lawyers & Leaders | Marc Elias '93

Dean Kerry Abrams speaks with Marc Elias '93, founder of Democracy Docket, chair of the political law group Perkins Coie in Washington, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting law, and litigation, as part of the dean's Lawyers & Leaders series. 

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